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Album Review: MALICE MACHINE - Chemical Violence

EBM still lives on strong with bands like MALICE MACHINE showcasing the inspirations of long running bands in to their own music production. If you're a fan of the grittier, haze inducing EBM of yester-year, then you'll be very pleased with the new life this band breathes in to industrial.


Originally hailing from NYC, MALICE MACHINE is a collaboration of two dark souls, Syn and Ammo. Their sound emanates in a cybernetic assembly of Industrial synths, seething noise, methodical drums, razored guitar, and edge riding vocals.

Utilizing their musical methods of programming with organic musicianship, MALICEMACHINE crafts their songs in a menacing mesh of analogue and digital waves.


The lyrics on Chemical Violence express some of the the darker sides of our nature. cold landscapes combined with twisted and tortured concepts of what reality is or what the human experience can be for some of us.. It's not always a pleasant journey. The one thing that is certain. This sick machine will grind down all of us eventually.

Chemical Violence started as a continuation of our first album, Digital Scars, but quickly evolved into a more electronic driven, rhythmic Industrial project with guitar being a lesser element. There are several dance heavy tracks but we also return to brooding flavours to satisfy our darker nature. Lyrically we drift between cyber and horror themes but they're really just underlying metaphors of how the world can be a hostile place, ready to grind you down if you let it.

This album covers a lot of industrial territory. We don't want to be pigeonholed into one sub-genre so all the songs have their own

flavour. Retro and post style, Electronic, driven guitar, grinding

Noisecore and Aggrotech elements, Synth bass, Drum dominant. We're open minded and love a lot of industrial styles which will show on this album.

All songs are written by Syn and Ammo and recorded and mastered by Syn at our studio. Prototype, Restrict, and Dead Circuit were co-produced and mixed with John Bechdel from Ministry. We met John back in 2019 since we were practically neighbours and ran in a lot of local circles.

We started working on a 6 song EP with the help of John mixing and producing in his studio. But then covid hit, along with lockdowns and an endless series of delays. We were held up for over a year. By the time we went to release the EP, we had more material ready to go so we decided to do a full album. In the last three months we wound up writing, recording, mixing and mastering 7 more songs. We then added Winter's Dark as a bonus track to give it more exposure. It was originally released on a compilation for Brutal Resonance Magazine and we consider it to be the start of our current writing style.